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Old 02-28-2006, 05:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Computer is going monkey-shit HELP!

Hey guys!

I tried to open a .zip file yesterday and my computer went haywire. I was playing World of Warcraft at the time, but unzipping something while playing WoW isn't a big deal for my computer (I've burnt DVDs, watched videos, and played WoW at the same time before, without a sweat).

As soon as I tried to open the .zip, my computer started slowing down, WoW went down to 2 or 3 FPS, my system resources shot up to 100%, and I couldn't do ANYTHING. I had to close down everything. Now, whenever I try to do anything such as surf the net or nagivate through folders, my computer is slow as molasses. I can't even access webpages now - it gives an error message.

Athlon 64 3700+
2 GB Corsair XMS PC3200
Nvidia 6800GT 256 MB
AGP/PCI-E Socket 939 Motherboard
160 GB Maxtor
160 GB Maxtor
300 GB Maxtor
200 GB Western Digital
120 GB Seagate
80 GB IBM

I've never had any problems before. I really don't want to format, due to my large amount of programs I would have to reinstall (including BF2 and WoW, with patches).

I've tried:
System Restore
Ending ALL processes in Task Manager
Restarting (obviously)
Virus Scan
Adaware/Spybot
Disk Defragmentation

Still fucked up. Here's some lovely screen shots of me simply *opening Internet Explorer* When it trys to load a page, it gives this:

<img src="http://www.appstate.edu/~bt52438/errorj.jpg">
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This is the system resources when I *simply open IE*
<img src="http://www.appstate.edu/~bt52438/errorj2.jpg">




Help!!!!!!

*EDIT*

I forgot to mention: I logged on as "Guest" on my PC and everything is fine. IE works, nothing is lagging, works beautifully. So it has to be something with my specific profile/user account.
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you plz upload a pic of the processes tab when the problem occurs??? Thanks!
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sure - I'll get on that when I get off work. That's a good idea.
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Old 02-28-2006, 06:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what was the zip file? this almost sounds like a virus?
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Old 02-28-2006, 06:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It wasn't a virus. I did a full system scan that found nothing but old, quarantined viruses. I have updated definitions also. I thought the same thing at first, but I tried the .zip on other PCs and Macs in the lab here, and it worked fine. It was a .zip file of a folder with some web pages and stuff in it for class that my group member sent (who also happens to be my best friend, so no malicious intent).
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Old 02-28-2006, 06:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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have you done any software updates or hardware updates recently. Any other changes to your computer?

also edited to say no matter how powerful a multi-tasking PC you run, burning DVD's or CD's while playing games or any other processes will result in more errors. it's fact.

I don't mean to come of in any sort of harsh way just passing along what i know
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Old 02-28-2006, 06:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention: I logged on as "Guest" on my PC and everything is fine. IE works, nothing is lagging, works beautifully. So it has to be something with my specific profile/user account.

user accounts can go currupt.... mine went totally bad and wouldnt load anymore, and i had all my files set to private for that user only, soo i ended up just deleting that account and it moved all the private files and stuff over to the 2nd account... if it works fine on your second account, i think you should just use that one, you should beable to access everything on it just fine... just export ur settings and favorites and whatnot, and settle in
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Old 02-28-2006, 07:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I never saw the edit. Hmm, I believe AquaFox to be right. I'd just created a new profile. XP does allow for copying of profiles, but that wouldn't work in this instance, although I'm certain most of the profile could be copied individually.
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks so much guys. I backed up everything, made a new Administrator profile, deleted the old one (which took FOREVER!!), and everything is fine now. I guess my profile just went corrupt or something. Thanks again!
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I find it odd that a profile corruption is responsible for the performance degradation of a system...
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Old 03-01-2006, 05:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I find it odd that a profile corruption is responsible for the performance degradation of a system...
Agreed. I wanted a shot of the processes tab so I could see which process(es) were causing the 100% CPU usage peg and that giant page file useage. omfg.
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Old 03-01-2006, 06:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I find it odd that a profile corruption is responsible for the performance degradation of a system...


your startup and such is tied to your profile, along with most of your settings.... when my profile went bad i couldn't even get to my desktop or access anything, not even in safe mode.... i had to use the default "admin" profile that appears in safemode to create a new profile and delete the bad one.
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Old 03-08-2006, 07:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Dude, I have to ask... why do you need 1 TB of storage?

I've heard of guys setting up disk arrays with a full terrabyte, but I think yours is the first one I've actually seen.
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